Mutton biriyani/Attirachi biriyani


Mutton  cut into cubes – 1kg

Basmathi rice                – 4cups

Oil                                – 2 tbsp

Ghee                             – 1/2 cup  

Onion  finely chopped    – 3 cups

Green chillies                 – 8 nos

Red chilli powder           – 1/2 tsp

Coriander powder          – 1/2 tsp

Turmeric powder             – 1tsp

To grind

Green chillies                    – 8 nos

Garlic                               – 1/4cup

Ginger                              – 1/4cup

Aniseed ( perumgeerakam)  – 1/2tsp

Cinnamon stick                    – 1 inch piece

Cloves                                 – 8 nos

Star anis                              – 2nos

Cardamom                           – 10 nos

Tomatoes  finely chopped       – 2 nos

Fresh lime juice                       – 2 desert spoon

Coriander leaves                     – 1 handful

Mint leaves                             – 1 handfull

Salt to taste


  • Grind the ginger, garlic and green chillies.
  •  Lightly fry cinnamom sticks, aniseed, cloves, cardamom, and crushed the spices together. 

  • Fry 1 cup of onion till brown in the oil  or ghee and remove. Lightly saute the remaining onion. Add the ginger,garlic and green chilli paste to the onion and saute well. Add the spices, chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and tomato and saute well together till the oil separates. Add the mutton pieces and saute till water evaporates. Add one cup of water and lime juice and cook over low flame. When the meat is tender and the gravy thickens, add  the coriander and mint leaves and keep aside. Boil 8 cups of salted water, add the rice and cook till it is dry and just about done. Spread a portion of the rice in a large shallow vessel and add a portion of the mutton to it. Repeat the process till both are mixed well together. Sprinkle the fried onions, cashews on top. Serve hot with chammanthi and onion raitha.

21 thoughts on “Mutton biriyani/Attirachi biriyani”

  1. Aha, looks authentic and perfect!! Definitely fried cashews add crunchiness and flavor to the biriyani!!
    Chammanthi and raita is a nice combo!!

  2. My hubby is a big fan of briyani. Too bad I can't cook Indian food. Maybe I should send him over to your place?? Heehee!

  3. Mutton is much loved but I try to limit cooking it. I know for sure how awesome the taste would have been because the pic says it all.


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